Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Shame Shame Shame Hit It" Line In "Brickwall Waterfall Rhymes"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part IV of this series on the inclusion of the word "shame" in children's playground rhymes & sayings. Part IV of this series provides two examples of the line "shame shame shame hit it" in "Brick wall Water fall" rhymes. "Brick wall waterfall is another very widely known contemporary American hand clap rhyme.

Click for Part I.

In that post I suggests a Biblical origin for the saying "shame shame double shame" and provides examples & explanations for certain rhymes that include that line. In addition, this post provides examples of the adults' & children's saying "shame shame puppy [or "poppy] shame. Part I of this series also features an example of a 1920 children's rhyme that includes the line "Shame shame double shame".

Click for Part II.

Part II features early versions of the rhyme that became "I Don't Want To Go To Mexico". In addition, this post also features examples of and comments about "I Don't Want To Go To Mexico" (and similarly titled rhymes) that begin with the phrase "shame shame shame" and/or ends with the word "shame".

Click for Part III. That post features videos of "I Don't Want To Go To Mexico" that include the "shame shame shame" introductory line and/or the "shame" ending.

The content of this post is presented for folkloric, recreational, and aesthetic purposes.

WARNING: Some websites which provide examples of children's rhymes includes examples & comments that include profanity, explicit sexual content, homophobic references, and other content that I consider to be inappropriate for children. There is also a Hip Hop record that has a title that is the same or similar to this. I consider that record to be very inappropriate for children.

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Shame Shame Shame (hand game)

Elizabeth Brooks, Uploaded on Aug 27, 2011

Alexis and Laysia performing hand game
Several commenters wrote that that wasn't the "Shame" hand game. Those comments reflect the opinion that the title "Shame" refers to the "I Don't Want To Go To Mexico" rhymes. Other commenters indicated that this rhyme's title was "Shame Shame Shame Hit It".

Here's my transcription of the rhyme that these girls chanted I've numbered the rhyme for the purposes of text analysis.

line #1: Shame shame shame Hit it!
2. That’s the way un hun un hun
3. I like it un hun un hun
4. Rain fall waterfall. Girl you think you know it all
5. You don’t. I do.
6. So poof with that attitude.
7. Welcome to McDonalds.
9. May I take your order.
10. Big mac. Fillet of fish
11. Quarter pounder french fries.
12. See my pinky.
13. See my thumb.
14. See my fist.
15. You better run.
This example demonstrates the way that children create hand clap rhymes by combining lines from various rhymes & songs.
Text analysis:
Line #1: Intro
ductory line "Hit it" is lifted from music and means "Let's begin.]

Lines #2-#3: This verse is lifted from the 1975 hit record by that title which was recorded by KC and the Sunshine Band. These lines are found in a number of hand clap rhymes.

Lines #4-#6: This is part of a version of the rhyme "Brickwall Water fall"

Lines #7-#11: This is part of the "Welcome to McDonalds" rhyme.

Lines #12-#15: This is the "See My Pinky" rhyme. This is the only portion of this rhyme that I chanted in my childhood [Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1950s.] I recall it as being just a taunting rhyme with no hand claps or any other accompanying movements.

Example #2:
Thats different then how we do it. we do it like
"Shame shame shame hit it
thats the way uhhuh uhuh i like it
uhhuh uhhuh (X2)
brickwalll waterfall
girl u think u kno it alll.
u dont i do
so boom witcho attiitude
so boom withcho attitude.
wait come back
i think u need a tic tack.
not 1 not 2
but the whole 6 pack.
sorry to be mean
but u need somme listerene
not a sip not a swollow
but the whole dang bottlle."

then we see who yells shame on u 1st @ the end of it.

an sometimes after that we go like
"You lost a dime u drunk some wine
now u look like frankenstein.
yo mama yo daddy
yo baldheaded grannny
she 99
she think she fine.
She going out with frankenstein"
-paris porter,, [two comments, 2013]

Click for a version of a completely different hand clap rhyme posted by GUEST,Tianna Date: 30 Dec 05 - 11:42 AM. That example begins with the introductory line "shame shame shame/alla bostia"* WARNING: That example is a sexualized version of the rhyme that I call "We Wear Our Hair In Curls".

My guess is that "alla bostia" is a folk etymology form of thee lyrics "tra ra ra boom de a".

Also, click for Example #1 of the hand clap rhyme entitled "The Simpsons". That rhyme begins with the introductory line: "sin,sin,sin". In the context of that rhyme, I believe those words are a form of the words "shame shame shame".

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